In the early 80's, the phenomenon known as Hardcore Punk whipped through the U.S. like the pissed off, privileged child that it was. By the mid '80s though, most of the bands who coined the sound and term were either donning black and weeping or doing bad AC/DC impressions. There were also those who simply hung up their instruments and checked out into the great, monotonous beyond of college.
But it is in that grey area where the New York Hardcore scene flourished. Not only did bands like the Cro-Mags or Straight Ahead fill a void for a generation of kids too late for the first wave, but their primal, no nonsense sound attracted the fans and bands on the New York Metal scene. Pretty soon it wasn't uncommon to see Nuclear Assault or Agnostic Front share bills at both the CBGB's Sunday Hardcore matinees or out at the rock capital of Brooklyn itself, L'Amour.
One of the longhairs from that time who jumped ship to Hardcore was Staten Island's Lewis Dimmick. He details his transformation from hesher to Hardcore in his brand new book, This Music: Pieces on Heavy Metal, Punk Rock & Hardcore Punk. The brief but potent read is a collection of extremely personal remembrances from the time that'll get the now-naturally-bald old fogies misty and the youngsters jealous.
We checked in with Dimmick to discuss the book and the infamous mid-80's NYHC scene it sprung from.More »